Vol. 7, No. 3 • May 2000
Is your testing on the level? — Achievement level tests drive instruction to success
by Dave Montague

Focuses on how Washington Elementary School of Kennewick, WA, found the tools to meet state education reform laws and changes from the school board. Says that these changes included Essential Learning Requirements (ELRs), and the board's 90 percent reading goal (i.e., all third graders should read at or above grade level). Relates that steps toward academic change begun with the implementation of an assessment tool that would provide the data needed to measure and track student growth, mainly the Northwest Evaluation Association's (NWEA) Achievement Level Test for reading. Gives other solutions used such as linking test items to the new curriculum, solving the challenge to reduce reading class size, and using flexibility and teamwork. States that instead of relying solely on outside influences, they can see for themselves if a program works. Includes a table.
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